12 reviews

B&W 685

$325.00 Released March, 2007

Product Shot 1 The Pros:Available in 4 wood finishes. Good high quality manufacturer. Affordable price.

The Cons:Require a subwoofer for music/movies that have very deep bass.

The B&W 685 is the larger of two bookshelf/stand mountable main speakers in Bowers & Wilkins (B&W) affordable high-end 600 series of home audio speakers.  These smaller sized speakers are ideal for a hi-fi or home cinema system in a small to medium sized room.

Product Shot 2 These speakers can be wall mounted, shelf/table mounted or are also designed to mount on the B&W's FS-700/CM stand (not included). The 6.5" woven Kevlar cone handles all bass and mid frequencies, and the incorporated fixed centre bullet helps smooth the response into upper frequencies. The 1" aluminum dome tweeter, which handles all high frequencies, is mounted closer to the driver to improve the integration and vertical dispersion of the two units. The tweeter is contained in a Nautilus tapering tube, which is designed to only project sound through a hollow pole magnet frontwards, and is tapered towards the rear to eliminate reflections off the rear of the cabinet producing unwanted sound effects. The B&W 685 is avaialable in four vinyl finishes: black ash, light oak (not available in USA/Canada), red cherry and wengé; and comes with a removable black cloth grill. The B&W 685 is sold for $325 per speaker, and is also sold as the front L/R speakers in the B&W 685 home theatre system, and as rear L/R speakers in the B&W 684 home theatre system.


  • Crossover Tuning 
  • Nautilus tube loaded aluminium dome tweeter
  • Flowport
  • 2-way vented-box system
  • 1x ø25mm (1 in) aluminium dome high-frequency
  • 1x ø165mm (6.5 in) woven Kevlar cone bass / midrange
  • Frequency range: -6dB at 42Hz and 50kHz
  • Frequency response: 49Hz - 22kHz ±3dB on reference axis
  • Horizontal dispersion within 2dB of reference response: over 60º arc
  • Vertical dispersion within 2dB of reference response: over 10º arc
  • Sensitivity: 88dB spl (2.83V, 1m)
  • Harmonic distortion: 2nd and 3rd harmonics (90dB, 1m) ( <1% 100Hz - 22kHz , <0.5% 150Hz - 20kHz)
  • Nominal impedance: 8 Ohms (minimum 3.7 Ohms)
  • Crossover frequency: 4kHz
  • Crossover filters: 1st Order – tweeter / 1st Order – bass/midrange
  • Recommended amplifier power: 25W - 100W into 8? on unclipped programme
  • Max. recommended cable impedance: 0.1 Ohms
  • Height: 340mm (13.4 in)
  • Width: 198mm (7.8 in)
  • Depth: 331mm (12.3 in)
  • Net weight: 7.0kg (15.4 lb)
  • Finishes (vinyl): Black Ash, Light Oak (not available in US/Canada), Red Cherry, Wengé Vinyl
  • Removable black cloth grill

User Reviews (16)

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  • 8

    available in 4 wood finishes

  • 6

    good high quality manufacturer

  • 5

    affordable price

  • 5


  • 4

    5 year warranty

  • 4

    solid quality construction

  • 4

    very well-balanced sound

  • 4

    good soundstage

  • 4

    good bass for a bookshelf speaker

  • 4

    excellent tonal balance

  • 3

    open soundstage

  • 3

    singing treble

  • 3

    Amazing performance at the price

  • 2

    impressive bass response

  • -1

    require a subwoofer for music/movies that have very deep bass

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